Buhari Sends Felicitations to Gowon at 87
By Omolosho Fatai Olamilekan
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent felicitations to former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon on the occasion of his 87th birthday, rejoicing with the leader and his family on the grace for good health and strength to keep serving.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, in Abuja, Buhari celebrated Gowon on the formidable role he continues to play in the development of the country, advocating peace and unity, and consistently remaining a voice of reason and wisdom in good governance and democracy.
Buhari commended the statesmanship of Gowon, whose vision for a greater country resonates in the programmes he instituted in the 70’s like the National Youth Service Corps and creation of states.
He also hailed him, on Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation project, which has turned a reference for harmony.
President Buhari recalled that Yakubu Gowon started as a career soldier, youngest military Chief of Staff and youngest Head of State, before turning a Professor of Political Science and founder of the Yakubu Gowon Centre, an organisation that continues to support issues of good governance, infectious disease control, HIV/AIDS and malaria.
He joined family, friends and Nigerians in praying for longer life for the former head of state.